24
Sep
2018

Japanese Cubesats are one small step for space elevators

Previous space elevator concepts, including inflatable designs and ones that would be tested on the Moon first, have so far failed to get off the ground. One of the most promising projects could be that by Japanese construction company Obayashi Corp., which is involved with the STARS-Me project. This would be made up of cars climbing a cable made of carbon nanotubes, connecting an ocean-based Earth Port to a space station 36,000 km overhead. To keep the structure stable, a huge counterweight, floating in space, would be attached about 60,000 km (37,000 mi) above the space station.

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